Winx claims her second Cox Plate title with ease

A TRUE CHAMPION: The Hunter’s own Winx ridden by Hugh Bowman winning the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday by eight lengths. Winx, the Hunter bred and raised wonder mare, has claimed her second Cox Plate title.
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And she did it with ease defeating the Godolphin champion Hartnell by eight lengths –the greatest winning margin in Cox Plate history.

What makes her wineven more impressive was the fact Winx was carrying 14kg more than her 2015 triumph.

The question now for many punters and racing experts is –is she better than Black Caviar?

Some are already saying yes as his daughter of the Darley stallionStreet Cry (dec) appears unstoppable. She has now won $9.34 million in prize money.

It is also being suggested that Winx heads, next year, over to the United Kingdom and races at Royal Ascot.

Fairfax Media reports that her trainer Chris Wallerhasn’t completely ruled out takingWinxto Royal Ascot after confirming on Monday thatthe wonder mare would skip the Flemington carnival and be subject to an “aggressive approach” to treat a minor cut out of the CoxPlate.

Australian racing’s pin-up girl will start a course of antibiotics to treat a minor abrasion to a hind leg after Waller andWinx’sowners took the cautious route and skipped the $2 million Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival.

But despite a lukewarm response a day earlier, Waller said Royal Ascot will still be discussed as a precursor to a potential third Cox Plate win.”

At this stage targets in the autumn are yet to be discussed, but the most logical races will make up her autumn campaign,” Waller said.

“Other options such as travelling overseas and returning for a third Cox Plate in 2017 are also items the owners and I will discuss in the near future.Longevity is the key for this mare as it will provide many more special moments over the next 12 months and beyond.”

The $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes is likely to be focal point ofWinx’sSydney autumn campaign.

Our attention is now turning to the running of the Melbourne Cup –as they say the race that stops the nation.

At this stage there are currently 32 contenders for the Melbourne Cup 2016 but this is not the final field.

The final field (capacity of 24 horses) for the Melbourne Cup will be determined and announced Saturday night after the Saturday races – Victoria Derby Day.

Bookies currently have Godolphin’s Hartnell and Jameka as the favourites.

Of the current 32 contenders:

Over 40 per cent of the field of are progeny of champion stallions that stood or currently stand in the Hunter Valley;

And 34 per cent of the total field of contenders are progeny of Coolmore and Darley (Godolphin) champion stallions. The influence of these Hunter based stallions is very impressive on a race for stayers.

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